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Local High Schoolers Find Success in Start-up Moving Business

Photo courtesy of Don Fruge.

By Talbert Toole
Lifestyles Editor
talbert.toole@hottytoddy.com

With the new school season on the horizon, students are loading U-Hauls, trucks and even filling sedans to the brim with essentials and furniture for the big move into dorms, houses and apartments.

Moving can be a hassle for students, and even bigger pain for parents. But not to worry. Oxford has it’s very own “Boys Next Door” moving service to assist with students and parents in this tiring process.
Don Fruge, an Oxford High School junior, had the idea to start the business a year ago after assisting a family friend in the moving process.
“People would ask if I minded helping,” Fruge said. “I realized that people really needed someone who would be willing to make move in days easier.”
Cohesively brainstorming together, Fruge and his friends Stetson Ponder, Kurre Luber and John Meagher worked together to form the business. While most of the boys are 17-years-old, Fruge said the team only works for what they consider to be a teen’s essential needs.
“Gas money, tips and food are basically all a 17-year-old needs to live off of,” he said.
Although Fruge and his friends start their school year before Ole Miss, he said he hopes to keep the business going after move-in dates and classes begin. As of now, this has been the business’s busiest time, but “Boys Next Door” have thoroughly enjoyed lending a hand to the new and current residents of the LOU community.
The team of boys have also expanded their services from moving to parking cars and delivering letters, according to Fruge.
“We are available for absolutely anything, but moving is the idea that started the business,” he said.
The business works through scheduled moves in advance, Fruge said. For those needing assistance with moving, the best way of contact is through text or a phone call. Luckily, with many friends willing to help, Fruge said he tries to contact someone who is available to get the job done.
Fruge said he has learned not only many valuable lessons through his business but also an appreciation for all kind of hard citizens such as the cafeteria and janitorial workers at his high school.
“Everyone just expects that food will be at lunch, or that if there is a mess it will be cleaned,” Fruge said. “In this situation with our business, we are making the moving happen. I think it has improved myself as a person and a leader, and I hope to be able to continue this business after the busiest part is done.”
For more information on “Boys Next Door,” contact Don Fruge at 662-816-5751.


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